"The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible." ~Oscar Wilde
“You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?” ~ Mark Twain.
"... the Son of God died; it is by all means to be believed, because it is absurd”. ~Tertullian (160 - 220) Also known as the father of Latin Christianity and the founder of Western Theology. The principle, Credo quia absurdum (“I believe because it is absurd”) is often attributed to him.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle -- Plato
SHEP currently meets two evenings per month for socials to foster friendships and support. Occasionally, the date will be moved if there is a conflict with another local event. A typical evening may involve sharing new events in our lives, comments on articles or books of interest, a movie, and discussion after. Most meetings begin at 6:30 pm and end between 9:30 and 10:00 pm. Gatherings are potlucks and members are encouraged to contribute a small donation to help with SHEP costs, including our movie license. Even if you can't bring food or drink on a particular night, come anyway as there is usually extra food.
Members also attend various local lectures or presentations. These may include ISEPP and Illahee lecture series in downtown Portland. Additionally, many members belong to CFI Portland, which gives those who desire to promote and encourage a local and transnational approach to critical thinking and living an outlet for their interests. CFI Portland also has their own Meetup page (Click here)
We foster an atmosphere of companionship and fun, free of supernatural explanations for life that are so much a part of American culture, but in our view erroneous.
Other activities may include shared movie theater or OMSI trips, support of local human services such as Food Banks, OPB support, and picnics.
We apply reason and critical thinking to understand the physical world and behaviors around us. Many of our programs are educational, and we strive to understand our universe and ourselves better through exposure to topics in science, religion, and the aspects of leading a secular life ethically.
Past and current CFI Portland Newsletters can be viewed at: CFI Portland NEWSLETTERS. CHILDREN PROGRAMS There is currently a Childrens Program for Secular Parents who wish to provide activities without a religious foundation. It is on the west side through CFI (click here). Also, Metro Monthly meetings are for everyone and families as child care will be provided.
DONATIONS: - no one likes to talk about it, but we are a member supported group and donations from members help us to continue our format and produce various events. All events are free, but we hope you'll see the value in this group and give as you are able. We do not currently have the ability to accept donations through meetup. We do accept donations at our meetings. If you'd like to donate in another way, please contact an organizer.
See additional informational pages at the bottom of this page
"I do not feel obliged to believe that same God who endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect had intended for us to forgo their use." -- Galileo
You can meet with other humanists, agnostics, freethinkers and atheists who accept a universe without the supernatural and who therefore wish to work toward improving our lives and those of others without the expectation of afterlife rewards or punishments. This meet-up is for individuals, couples, and families who want to support each other and socialize with others holding a similar worldview.
CHILDREN Programs: see "Pages"
MORE INFORMATION: see "Pages"
WHY IS OUR SITE PRIVATE? We often show movies, and the distributors require that we not advertise their titles.
"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things."-- Rene Descartes